Delivering his statement to journalists at Parliament on Tuesday, Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi, the Buganda Parliamentary Caucus Chairperson, said that they are not against value addition but want an opportunity for Ugandans to process their coffee.
Speaking at Kololo Ceremonial grounds on Sunday as the country celebrated its 60th independence anniversary, Museveni said he will not tolerate anybody who stands in his way as he tries to get investors to add value to Ugandan coffee.
"I aver that all the incentives in the agreement are neither intended to and in fact do not grant the 2nd respondent/Vinci a monopoly to manage the coffee business. This is because the project consists of the establishment of a coffee processing facility with a capacity to process an initial volume of 27,000 tonnes of green beans per annum and eventually a maximum capacity of 60,000 tonnes of green beans per annum,” said Matovu in his affidavit.
The Attorney General intends to rely on evidence contained in an affidavit by the Acting Director of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development, Moses Kaggwa in his defense. In his affidavit, Kaggwa states that the agreement does not give Uganda Vinci Coffee company any authority to manage production, export, and set prices of coffee beans and its related products.
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament -LOP, Mathias Mpuuga, has questioned the planned move by members of Parliament’s Trade Committee to present the report on the controversial coffee agreement to State House on Friday.
According to a coffee document dated February 10, 2022, Ramathan Ggoobi the Secretary to Treasury signed on behalf of government while Enrica Pinetti, an Italian investor and the Board Chairperson of Uganda Vinci Coffee Company Limited on behalf of the company.
The company was given free land in the Industrial and Business Park at Namanve measuring 27 acres after it indicated its capability of establishing a coffee processing facility in Kampala. It will be given exclusive rights to buy all Uganda’s coffee and its concession will end in 2032, but subject to renewal.
Byansi notes that the coffee sector in the country has many stakeholders including farmers, exporters, associations, and unions such as Bugisu Cooperative Union and Ankole Coffee Produce Cooperative Union among others who were never consulted on the agreement in question.
According to the document dated February 10, 2022, Ramathan Ggoobi the Secretary to Treasury signed on behalf of the government while Enrica Pinetti, the Board Chairperson of Uganda Vinci Coffee Company Limited on behalf of the company.